SOUTH FORK OF SNAKE RIVER
September 9th, 2018
The South Fork can be a bit temperamental at times, but when it's on it's on!
If you want to try and catch a citation fish I'd suggest throwing some streamers now. Peanut Envy's, Double Bunnies, Sex Dungeons and Kamikaze Sculpins are just a few flies that come to mind when I think of the South Fork. and big fish, especially browns. If you are fishing streamers right now concentrate on the banks, especially in the mornings, but even during the day you'd be surprised how many big fish are tight to the banks. It is much, much easier to fish the SF from a boat, but if you don't have one concentrate on structure, seams, rocks, logs and drop-offs, at least for the big browns.
If you prefer to target rainbows, you can never go wrong fishing small zebra midges and pheasant tails in the shallower riffles, although drift boats tend to park on these waters throughout the day.
Larger stonefly and hopper patterns work really well on the SF (when it is fishing. Work the banks with these flies. The tighter you get to the bank, the higher probability of enticing a fish into a bite. Any small pocket of slack water is a good bet for a fish. As is always the case, any kind of structure is also going to provide better opportunities for getting a fish to rise. And if you see any riffles, be sure to work them with PMD's, BWO' or Mahogany Duns..
Personally, I rarely do this...but I would highly suggest fishing a dropper when floating the SF. Pat's rubber legs and JJ specials are good choices for large stonefly patterns or you can try zebra midges, copper johns and other smaller nymph patterns like flashback pheasant tails. If there is any hint of rain San Juan worms always seem to work, especially for the 'bows.
Gear guys should be chucking Rapala Countdowns, GULP minnows and you might try a Kamikaze Sculpin as well, these lures look like flies, but they have enough weight to be cast with a spin rod, and they work!
As always, come by the store for more info on fly or lure selection or any questions you may have. I can only sit in front of a keyboard for so long before I need to go fishing.